PCC’s reaction to Home Affairs Select Committee Report on Police Funding
Commenting on the
Home Affairs Select Committee Report on Police Funding,
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson
"The Home Affairs Select Committee are right when they say that
the police funding reform process was a 'shambles' and that it was
'deplorable' that Home Office officials made errors in calculating
the allocations for police forces.
"I am also pleased that committee has said that the Home Office
should also consider compensating PCCs for the costs they incurred
in the process to gain access to commercial data that was not
publicly available. I look forward to hearing more from Theresa May
and the Home Office about this money.
"The Committee are also correct to suggest that efficient and
innovative forces should be rewarded. I am pleased that HMIC rates
the West Midlands as one of only five outstandingly efficient
forces in the country and hope that this is recognised in future
funding arrangements. Forces like the West Midlands should not be
penalised for doing the right things.
"The Home Affairs Select Committee also point out that West
Midlands Police has been hit harder than anywhere else in the
country by the cuts so far and is more reliant on central
government funding than elsewhere.
"I also hope that Theresa May takes on board the committee's
recommendations that new and emerging crimes such as cyber-crime,
child sexual exploitation and radicalisation are key drivers of
demand on policing and need to be acknowledged in funding
"We have further concerns around using data on the number of
licensed premises in a funding formula. It could impact unfairly on
the results as premises vary greatly in size, as does the demand
that individual premises place on the police.
"The Home Office needs to sort itself out and support the
development of a fair funding formula that has the credibility and
legitimacy to actually be implemented."